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Everything You Need To Know About Alpina Watches | The Watch Hut

Published: 21-08-2017

Mens Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Watch AL-372MLY4FBS6

When Gottlieb Hauser founded Alpina in 1883, he had a vision of blending horological innovation with timeless design. He quickly took the art of watchmaking to new horizons, revolutionising the luxury sports watch in the process.

This milestone occurred in 1938, when the iconic Alpina 4 set a new quality standard by imposing four essential characteristics required for any sports watch to be taken seriously: antimagnetic, anti-shock, water-resistant, and stainless steel.

Before long, the Alpina 4 became the choice piece for air force pilots, divers, the navy, and the military. However, the emergence of cheap, mass-produced watches and the later Quartz crisis in the 1970s saw the brand's popularity decline, as Aplina refused to compromise on quality.

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Bouncing back in 2002, Alpina once again rose to the forefront of watchmaking, and invented the Horological Smartwatch in 2015. It blended modern smart features with the first-class production values set by Hauser over 130 years ago.

Today, Alpina has a reputation for producing beautiful sports watches by hand, which mix contemporary and classic design to create pieces that are built to last for generations. We showcase the best this Swiss icon has to offer, touching upon everything from technology and style to price point.

Combining technology and quality craftsmanship

Ever since Alpina captured the imaginations of adventurers, engineers, and sportsmen with the Alpina 4, the company has continued to innovate. As well as consistently producing its own-brand calibres and chronometers throughout the decades, the brand has always prided itself on the fact that every watch it releases is produced in-house, by hand.

This meticulous attention to detail was reinforced in 2006 with the construction of a brand new purpose-built manufacturing site in Geneva, which allowed Alpina to build and test its watches in a high-tech environment.

Mens Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Watch AL-860GB4S6 movement

It was in these headquarters that the brand unveiled the Alpiner 4 in 2014, which was an ultra-modern version of its signature watch from the 1930s. A year later, Alpina invented its Horological Smartwatch, as well as a new own-brand calibre, the AL-760 Automatic Flyback.

Timeless style

From inception, Alpina has always maintained a unique style, which has not aged with time. They've kept up with modern design trends without deviating too far away from their core product. The following selection of Alpina creations is a perfect representation of what the brand is all about.

Men's Alpina Alpiner automatic chronograph watch

Men's Alpina Alpiner automatic chronograph watch

The Alpina Alpiner chronograph is one of those watches it's hard to take your eyes away from - and there's much more to this piece that its gun-metal grey face and chocolate brown leather strap.

Featuring three sub-dials, automatic movement with a 46-hour power reserve, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, it's as accurate as it is robust. The unmistakable Alpina logo in vintage font completes this classic piece.

Men's Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Extreme automatic watch

Men's Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Extreme automatic watch

The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Extreme is a diving watch of exceptional quality, and comes loaded with remarkable features.

The highly-visible orange dial and bezel allow easy access to vital information in even the murkiest depths, such as time spent under water and remaining minutes of air supply. Above the water, the jet-black face and stainless-steel bracelet make for a stylish accessory that can be proudly worn for work or play.

Ladies' Alpina Horological smartwatch

Ladies' Alpina Horological smartwatch

Hailed by Alpina as the timepiece that bridges the gap between Silicon Valley and the Swiss watch industry, this ladies' Horological Smartwatch perfectly combines beauty with brains. Smart features such as activity tracking and sleep monitoring can be viewed in analogue form, or via a smartphone app.

The app itself unlocks a wealth of additional features, including adaptive coaching and Get-Active alerts, and the 2+ year battery life means there's no need to recharge. The ice-white face is beset with jewels, while the tough stainless-steel case, sapphire glass, and rubber strap offer protection in extreme conditions.

Alpina: Price range

The Alpina timepiece collection presents the opportunity to own a well-crafted Swiss watch at an affordable price. The Watch Hut selection of Alpina watches range from £730-£2,820, which allows buyers of all budgets to consider a purchase. Here are some of our favourite models from the top, middle, and lower end of the price scale.

Alpina: Watches under £1,000

men's Startimer Pilot Big Date watch

The men's Startimer Pilot Big Date watch is designed to give professional pilots all the information they need at a glance, and comes priced at just £730.

The navy-blue face features an oversized date display, while the tough black leather strap, sapphire glass, and stainless-steel casing make for a durable piece. This stylish watch also boasts a 48-month battery life for added peace of mind.

Alpina Startimer chronograph

This Alpina Startimer chronograph is the perfect accessory for aviation enthusiasts, and comes with a multitude of useful features.

The quartz chronograph movement is capable of timing from 1/10th of a second to 30 minutes, providing pilots with high-precision and reliability. The attractive deep green face features three sub-dials, and the black PVD Steel case and thick tan brown leather strap make for a durable timepiece.

Alpina: Watches under £1,500

men's Alpina Alpiner automatic watch

This men's Alpina Alpiner automatic watch is all the more beautiful for its simplicity, and has a vintage appeal that nods back to the brand's output in the 1960s. The face features a silver sun-ray pattern dial and Arabic markers, while the stainless-steel case and patent black leather strap with white stitching make it a true classic.

Alpina: Watches above £1,500

men's Alpina Pilot Heritage 130 automatic chronograph

This men's Alpina Pilot Heritage 130 automatic chronograph was commissioned to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Alpina, and takes inspiration from the iconic Alpina pilot design from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Featuring a stunning gold-plated stainless-steel case and a brown calfskin leather strap, it has an irresistible vintage charm. Add to this the three sub-dial display and super-precise chronograph, and you have one seriously handsome pilots watch.

Men's Alpina Alpiner 4 automatic chronograph watch

Alpiner 4 automatic chronograph

If James Bond was to choose a watch from the Alpina collection, it would most likely be the Alpiner 4 automatic chronograph.

Priced at £2,820, this stylish piece is the quintessential sports watch, featuring dual chronographs, automatic calibre AL-860 movement, and luminescent hands and markers, with a 46-hour power reserve that won't let you down in extreme conditions. It's a serious piece of kit that can be treasured for a lifetime.

Alpina watches make for the ultimate accessory for anyone looking to purchase a luxury watch that combines old-fashioned charm and craftmanship with the very best modern features. Browse the full collection and discover the art of Swiss watchmaking at its finest.